Elīna Garanča’s first solo recital album on DG is another milestone in the career of the Latvian mezzo, who has been one of the world’s best-known singers for more than 20 years, enthralling audiences in both opera house and concert hall with her colourful and agile voice, technical brilliance and exceptional charisma. She is accompanied by Scottish pianist Malcolm Martineau, a sensitive and experienced musician who has long been her trusted partner in exploring these emotional soundworlds. This programme opens with Schumann’s song cycle Frauenliebe und -Leben op. 42. composed in 1840, which offers a chronological narrative of the different stages in the life of a woman. As a complement to Schumann, Garanča has chosen a selection of Lieder by Brahms, basing her choice of material on the desire to juxtapose songs expressing very different states of mind.